Guitar Chord Progression #14

Once again, a simple demonstration of how simply changing the tuning of your guitar can provide you with some fresh voicings for those common open chord shapes down at the first few frets…

D suspended 2 (Dsus2) open chord

D suspended 2 (Dsus2) open chord

E minor 7 added 11 (Em7add11) open chord

E minor 7 added 11 (Em7add11) open chord

C dominant 9 (C9) open chord

C dominant 9 (C9) open chord

A suspended 9 (Asus9) open chord

A suspended 9 (Asus9) open chord

I especially like how this tuning alters that regular open C shape. Really adds colour to it, although it may not be what you always need.

There’s a nice flow to this progression that just grabbed me – because these are open chords, they blend into one another seamlessly, and even though that dominant C major chord pushes it outside the conventions of a standard diatonic progression, there are enough “shared notes” with the other chords for it to not sound too misplaced.

That’s a key point for today – shared notes. You can often use the more jarring, unconventional chord changes if that chord contains tones (or even just one tone) from the previous chord…

 

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